Teak stand is worth $200 to $300


October 30, 1994|By Anne McCollam | Anne McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: I inherited a teakwood stand. It is 25 inches high, and the top is 11 inches in diameter. The top has a pink marble inset. A paper label on the underside has the words "Fau & Hing -- Made in China."

What is its approximate worth?

A: Carved teakwood stands were made in China for export in the early 1900s. They are generally seen in antiques shops in the $200 to $300 range, depending on the condition.

Q: I have a porcelain creamer and sugar bowl that are at least 70 years old. They were made in Japan and decorated with multicolored flowers against a white background and trimmed in orange.

A: Porcelain of this type was made in large volumes in the early 20th century and is easily found in antiques shops today. The set would probably be worth about $30 to $35 in good condition.

Q: My mother gave me a cast-iron doorstop that she had for years. It is a black cat with yellow eyes. The back is flat black, and it is sitting on a base. The height is 13 inches and it weighs 20 pounds. The paint is the original, but it is worn away in just a few small areas.

Should I repaint it and does it have any value?

A: Most cast-iron door stops were made from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. Repainting diminishes the price; the original paint is preferred. Your doorstop would probably be valued about $125.

Q: I inherited a blue and white spongeware wash bowl and pitcher. It belonged to my great-grandmother who brought it with her from England in 1900. The pitcher is 12 inches high and the bowl is 14 inches in diameter. Could you please tell me what it is worth?

A: Spongeware was popular in the 1800s and early 1900s in both Europe and the United States. While examples can be found in green and white, and orange and white, blue and white remain the colors most preferred. Your wash set would probably be valued at $300 to $350.

Letters with picture(s) are welcome and may be answered in the column. We cannot reply personally or return pictures. Address your letters to Anne McCollam, P.O. Box 490, Notre Dame, Ind. 46556.

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